The Alberta Bee Act regulates beekeeping in Alberta.
Licences and permits
Registration is mandatory. Anyone owning bees or used beekeeping equipment or operating bees in Alberta is required to register annually with the provincial apiculturist. The certificate of registration is valid from the time it is issued to the following June 29.
The information is used for monitoring diseases and pests to ensure healthy bees. It is also used to keep industry statistics up to date.
If you are planning to purchase honey bees for the first time, use our fact sheet, Purchasing honey bees or equipment in Alberta: questions to ask and things to consider to help guide what questions you should be asking.
Premises Identification Number
All new and registered beekeepers are required to have a Premises Identification Number (PID). The PID is provided through Alberta’s traceability program and is separate from the apiculture program registration number. The PID number is a requirement to have access to medications for bee diseases and pests. Register with the animal Premises Identification Program.
Registration renewal and updates
Beekeepers are required to renew their registration annually or for any major changes during the current registration year. To renew your registration, fill out the Beekeeper Registration form (PDF, 52 KB).
Communicate the specific change in your registration, for example:
- number of colonies
- bee sales
- equipment sales
- buying bees or queens
- buying used equipment
- change of address
- addition of email
- telephone number
Please submit by one of the following:
Bee Health Assurance Team
Crop Diversification Centre North
17507 Fort Road NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5Y 6H3
Email: [email protected]